Yes and no. Yes, prayer can cure sickness. In prayer we ask God to extend help, especially when we feel helpless. God answers prayers, often providing what we ask, sometimes not, but always giving what is best-even if that answer hurts. God heals the sick. Jesus showed us that in person. Healing is a miracle, though medical science plays its part, too. It’s important to remember that God, not our prayer to God, is the healing agent.

But there is a sickness God does not heal, the sickness that leads to death. We all die. Our sicknesses are not cured forever, or else we would be immortal. God reserves that ultimate healing miracle for heaven, where no sickness or death puts grief or closure on our joy together with God.

Sometimes sickness persists despite prayer. Chronic headaches never go away, cancer spreads slowly, a nervous disorder evades diagnosis. Faced with that kind of sickness, we should continue to pray in faith that God will answer powerfully. Sickness, like every other part of life, should be our proving ground faith where we grow to depend on God’s good will for us, at the same time asking for courage to endure the trials of human experience.

JAMES 5:15- And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up: and if he have committed sins they shall be forgiven him.

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